This is the complete 83 minute version which is much sharper and with a smaller download file than the 80 minute print already here at IA.
The Hitchcock touch is readily apparent in this highly entertaining romantic thriller spiced with dashes of wry humor. Good cast and good FX with convincing miniatures. Adapted from Josephine Tey's novel, "A Shilling For Candles." One of Hitchcock's last all-British productions before the start of his Hollywood years.
P.S. It's easy to spot Hitch in this one.
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock Released in 1937 a.k.a. "The Girl Was Young" and "Coins For Candles" Complete print (original release)
May 3, 2020 Subject:
Young and Innocent, Great Film!
Incredible film! I say it's as good as Hitchcock's The 39 Steps, since their plots are quite similar. Such a suspenseful story with engaging characters.
Nova Pilbeam is so likeable as Erica and Derrick De Marney is damn charming as Robert! They're both incredibly charming! Their chemistry together was great and fun to watch! I also really liked Will, played by Edward Rigby. He was cool! And the Hitchcock cameo was pretty neat haha.
I loved this film! Buuuut, the black face band at the Grand Hotel at the end of the film.... yikes. It was the 30s and it's very clever for the plot, having the actual murderer hidden in black face, but still. Seeing it in 2020 just makes me think "yikes". But that's really not a criticism of the film, more like a criticism of society.
I also really love this movie if you view it as a commentary on how incompetent the police can be. Any famous unsolved murder case usually goes unsolved because of lousy police and detective work.
The cinematography was also great, and the miniature work was pretty neat.
So yeah, freaking loved this film!
March 21, 2015 Subject:
When I saw the name Nova Pilbeam, I was intrigued. I had either screened the original version posted on the Archive some time ago or I have a chopped up copy on a cheap DVD set, In any case if it was on the Archive I probably didn't do a review simply because nearly all of my reviews are the first one for any film listed, with a few exceptions.
To this one, I couldn't believe it has actually been downloaded 2251 times in recent days. Hey!, it's Hitchcock. So Maybe. In any case it is one of his lesser films, well made with great picture and sound and attention to detail which is the hallmark of Hitchcock. Yes it is 1930's England and all that but it moves rather slow and a couple of set pieces could have been eliminated or edited drastically for time and pacing. Generally the location shots and the "on set" shot are blended quite well due to good editing. The film starts with a bang and then goes downhill from there with an ending that is absolutely ludicrous.
Derrick DeMorney was a handsome and competent leading man and he looked a lot like brothers Jack Randall and Robert Livingston, from western films but he could out-act either one. Nova Pilbeam was innocent enough but she was obviously
a novice and she seems unsure of herself. Knowing what we know now concerning Hitchcock, Ms. Pilbeam may have been his "muse" of 1937. Who knows. The cast is filled with professional to a "T" character actors, none of whom misses a beat, except the drummer.(my joke) This a good mystery. I can't cheer for it, but you might like it.